Yupp, you read that right: the Chevrolet Volt has outsold every electric vehicle on the planet in 2012, tripling its deliveries to 30,900 units in 2012 (over 2011) and beating the Toyota Prius plug-in (27,181 sales) and Nissan Leaf (25,435 sales). Coincidentally, the Leaf was the leader in 2011.
While analysts predict EV sales to grow 89 percent to 225,000 units in 2013, demand has fallen short of original expectations by each of the three automakers set out years earlier.
“The lower sales compared to prior forecasts are a disappointment to auto manufacturers and more significantly to their battery suppliers,” wrote Ali Izadi-Najafabadi, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
The United States accounted for 46 percent of the 2012 EV sales (including plug-in hybrids); Japan and Europe tied for second place with 23 percent each, while EV sales in China decreased on an annual basis — the only market in the world to see a decline in EV sales.
Last week, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson announced that the automaker was taking a unique approach to EV development by working on two electric vehicle technologies, one of which will deliver a 200 mile range. The chief executive also confirmed the automaker’s commitment to have half a million vehicles on the road with some form of electrification by 2017. One of these will be the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV.
The GM Authority Take
Yupp, the oh-so-hated-by-the-ill-informed-and-ignorant Volt was the top-selling EV in the world last year, proving that range anxiety is still a concern among EV buyers while lending credence to GM’s strategy of making an extended-range electric vehicle in the Volt.
That said, it’s important to keep in mind that the metric that’s most pertinent to the developing EV segment is that of year-over-year growth. In that regard, the Volt is also winning, with a 300 percent year-over-year increase in sales. Booyah!